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Management Team

Jon Siegel
Jon Siegel, Executive Director
Jon has more than 20 years of volunteer leadership experience with nonprofit organizations. Jon has extensive marketing and management experience with a wide variety of businesses, from start-ups to Fortune 500s. His roles have included worldwide marketing manager, vice president, and chief marketing officer. Prior to accepting his role at TisBest Philanthropy, he was a marketing and content development consultant to technology firms. Jon earned a B.A. with honors from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

Chad Edwards Chad Edwards, Director of Creative Services
Chad leads our website and user experience design, web development process, and communication and online marketing strategy. Chad has worked in nonprofit and educational environments for nine years. Previously, he directed marketing and new programs at the University of Saint Francis Busse School of Business. He sits on the Advisory Council for the Seattle School and keeps the books for the Aurora Commons. The work of several local and international nonprofits inspire him to act and give including The Moyer Foundation, OPS, and YouthCare. Chad earned a B.A. in Public Relations from Taylor University.

Karli Larson Karli Larson, Education and Charities Manager
Karli develops and manages the relationships with our many charity partners, runs the social media program, manages customer service and runs card production. A proud Northwest native, Karli has a background in marketing, communications and social media management for technology-based Inc. 500 companies. Karli is headed into her third year as a certified instructor for the international non-profit Roots of Empathy, and has spent time volunteering for St. Vincent de Paul and YouthCare in the Seattle area. Karli believes in developing professional relationships through authentic communication and empowering others with the information and support they need to succeed.

Winston Winston, Chief Morale Officer
Winston is our Chief Morale Officer. Recently adopted from the Seattle Humane Society, Winston is a 14 year old pug whose passions include napping in the grass on a sunny day and cleaning up crumbs from beneath tables. His favorite food is watermelon. The beach makes him very nervous. Although he is completely deaf, Winston is able to sense when staff members need a break and graciously allows his ears to be rubbed or belly to be scratched for a few mutually gratifying moments. We are proud to have Winston as a part of our team!


Erik Marks, Founder
Erik is the founder of TisBest and the Charity Gift Card concept. Erik is a member of Social Venture Partners, volunteers at his local Union Gospel Mission and supports the Nature Conservancy and Sierra Club. Erik has worked as a business attorney and partner at Cairncross & Hempelmann and Perkins Coie, and serves as general counsel at EDG Commercial Real Estate, a medical realestate services firm. Erik holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA fromWilliams College.

Ratatouille, VP Critter Control
Ratatouille (Ratty) typically shows up at our offices with Erik. While here, Ratty prophylactically patrols for critters and destroys misplaced lunch items on sight.

Board of Directors

Melinda Briana Epler Melinda Briana Epler
Melinda Briana Epler is a community engagement strategist dedicated to empowering social businesses and not-for-profit organizations to have greater positive impact. Melinda has 15 years of experience as a strategic planner for large organizations, and 20 years of experience an award-winning multi-channel storyteller for local non-profits and global Fortune 50 companies.

Richard Gold Richard N. Gold
Rich is president of R.N. Gold & Company, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and marketing. Prior to forming R.N. Gold & Company, he was executive vice president of Glendinning Associates and a brand manager at Procter & Gamble. Rich serves on several boards of directors and advisory boards. He has been a producer and partner in Enterplan and director of the Downtown Council of Cincinnati, Ohio. He holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MA from New York University and a BSI from the University of Wisconsin.

Noland Hoshino
Noland Hoshino
Noland is the Co-Founder of [B]cause Media Social Communications where he creates and develops innovative social media marketing strategies and campaigns for small businesses and nonprofits to help increase their brand recognition and productivity. Noland is a social good curator, do-good enforcer, and volunteer evangelist. Most times you’ll see him online sharing content about social media for social good, at the gym, volunteering or earning Foursquare “Mayor” badges around town. Noland is a military veteran with 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, and holds an MBA from University of Phoenix in Business Administration Management.

Dave Lamont Dave Lamont
Dave began his philanthropic work years ago, founding a mentoring program for underprivileged elementary school children in Tacoma, WA. He currently serves on the board of directors and as an advisory board member to the PCC Farmland Trust. Dave is the chief executive officer of AICI, a commercial real estate development and investment company. Dave previously worked as an attorney and a nuclear chief engineer. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds a JD from Seattle University.

Marie Mihail Marie Mihail
Marie works at Microsoft, where she specializes in global partner marketing and educational development. Marie spends a good part of her time promoting and supporting charitable organizations, including ASPCA, Delta Society, Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV), Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Senior Services of Snohomish County, and the annual Microsoft Give Campaign. Marie received both her BA in Economics and MBA from the University of Washington.

Jim Phillips Jim Phillips
Jim is an owner and manager of Berschauer Phillips, a northwest commercial construction company, through which he pursues his interest in environmentally responsible and sustainable construction practices. Jim volunteers his time at St. Joseph’s of Seattle, the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Thurston County. Jim received his BA from Wheaton College and holds an MBA from the University of Washington.

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